A new report titled ‘The real Seed Producers’ has faulted some African governments including Uganda for failing to promote indigenous Farmer’s managed seeds systems.
The report released at the Regional Agro-Ecological Symposium in Gulu on Thursday also revealed that Farmers managed seed systems are the principal source of seeds of food crops in Africa, yet national and regional seed Policies undermine them.
Speaking at the launch of the report, Susan Nakacwa the Programme Officer at Grains, a Non Profit International NGO supporting farmers said the research was carried out in six countries in Africa that include Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Ms. Nakacwa added that key among the findings indicate that African governments are giving into corporate pressure and undermining local seeds systems. She also suggested that there is need for African Governments to support Agro-ecological farming because it is still the vital sector producing seeds and feeds throughout Africa.
According to Gulu District Chairman, Mr. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi who launched the report, small holder farmers play major roles in multiplying seeds.
Ojara added that as Leaders, they are committed to ensuring farmers managed seed systems is well protected and supported by the government.
Mr. Baliraine Hakim, the National Chairperson of Eastern and Southern Africa small scale farmers Forum (ESAFF Uganda) requested for Government’s effort towards promoting Farmers managed seed system.
“Government should put the same effort it is putting in promoting industrial seeds system to also promoting the Farmer’s managed seed system,” said Mr. Baliraine.
The Report was authored with support from Alliance for food sovereignity in Africa, Grain and ESAFF Uganda.